The Start of A Self Driving Cyber War?

The Start of A Self Driving Cyber War?




Both Google and Delphi have self-driving cars. The cars of both companies have been hit by cars controlled by human drivers, yet they have never experienced an accident at the “hands” of a fully autonomous, self-driving car. That nearly changed recently, in the first possible conflict of a cyber-vehicle war between Google and Delphi. A Google controlled Lexus, cut off a Delphi controlled Audi. The Lexus and the Delphi car managed to recover without impact, incident or accident.


Normally, the cars are well behaved and even follow statistical patterns to mitigate accidents that no humans would ever think of. This all happens in a split second avoiding crashes that no human would ever have the reaction time to avert. This has left some individuals wondering why a close call would happen between these two cars. Some wonder if there could be a cyber-war between the two companies taking place on California roads.


Obviously, if a Google self-driving car hit a Delphi self-driving car the blame game would put Google at fault. If Delphi caused an accident with Google, Delphi would be at fault. With the fault comes a huge stock hit while investors flock out of one company and into the other. Whichever autonomous car causes an accident first will take a huge hit in their stocks and the first crash could truly define who is dominant in the industry for years to come.


If an accident was to happen between the two companies, both would be harmed and the executives are trying to mitigate attention from the potential incident as much as possible.


A Google spokesperson had said, “The headline here is that two self-driving cars did what they were supposed to do in an ordinary everyday driving scenario.” Referring to how they avoided an everyday accident that humans frequently do not avoid.


It is doubtful that either company would profit from a direct collision with the other. If one of the two companies were to hit a human driver however, the other would be blameless and while the afflicted company would find it hard to operate.


To this point, self-driving cars have never been proven to be at fault for any accident in history. This holds true to the day this article was written and hopefully for many years to come.